By James Donahue
See 50 Reasons To Ban Fluoride (pdf)
I was a child when fluoride, a by-produce from the
manufacture of atomic bombs, was first introduced to
the American people.
Nobody told us where fluoride came from. All we knew
is that it was a newly discovered chemical that would
make our teeth extra hard and ward off cavities. When
a free fluoride clinic was set up one summer in our
school, all the kids in town lined up to have the
bitter tasting stuff rubbed on their teeth.
We were pretty gullible in those days. The period
immediately following World War II was a time of
scientific advancement. After the inventions of nylon,
rayon, plastic and other marvelous products that
replaced fabrics, rubber and steel during the war
years, people were lulled into the belief that those
balding men in white laboratory jackets could solve
all of the problems of the world. The belief was so
strong that we blindly accepted whatever a "scientist"
told us. Nobody dreamed that we might be victims of
My father was part of the magic. He worked as a
chemical engineer for a factory that made a variety of
products out of wheat and corn starch (including the
brain-killing excitotoxin monosodium glutamate). He
provided well and I consequently made regular visits
to a dentist every summer. I knew well the agony of
the dentist drill. It was nothing like the advanced
water-cooled high-speed equipment used by modern
dentists. Repairing a cavity doomed us to what seemed
like hours of white-knuckle torture under the glaring
lights of the dental chair, while a man with plastic
rimmed glasses and bad breath bored his way through
teeth (and bone?). Once the drilling was done, the
dentist filled the hole he made with a hot metallic
material that burned when it went in, and left a bad
taste in your mouth.
We had a mom-and-pop grocery store in our neighborhood
where kids could buy penny candy and a package of gum
for a nickel. I made a lot of visits to that candy
Even though my mother made sure that I brushed my
teeth daily, somehow I don't remember linking the
candy I was eating to all of the cavities. When
fluoride was introduced, it seemed like a child's
dream come true.
I was disappointed, of course. I had just as many
cavities in my teeth the following year.
When they started dumping fluoride in the local water
supply, and adding it to the ingredients in our
toothpaste, I thought that would surely solve my
problem. It seemed reasonable to think that I didn't
get a heavy enough dose of fluoride when I attended
the free clinic. After all, if a little bit of
fluoride was good for my teeth, it made sense that a
lot more fluoride would be even better.
But alas, after years of drinking, scrubbing and
consuming fluoride-laced products, we now learn that
we've been scammed. This chemical is found to be
totally ineffective in preventing tooth decay. Not
only that, it seems to be directly linked to a variety
of medical problems ranging from discolored teeth to
bone disease and cancer.
In short, fluoride is a poison.
This is not news to the medical world. The Journal of
the American Medical Association and the New England
Journal of Medicine have both reported greater
incidence of hip fractures in fluoridated areas. The
National Institute of Environmental and Health
Services has linked fluoridation with cancer.
A book by Dr. John Yiamouyiannis, titled "Fluoride,
The Aging Factor," shows that the drug causes a
premature aging process. He notes that in areas where
fluoride is consumed in the drinking water, there are
higher rates of bone disorders (skeletal fluorosis,
osteoporosis and arthritic pain) and people suffer
from brown decaying teeth.
"Fluoride is a poison!" Yiamouyiannis warns." The 1984
issue of Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products
lists fluoride as more poisonous than lead and just
slightly less poisonous than arsenic. It has been used
as a pesticide for mice, rats and other small pests. A
10-pound infant could be killed by 1/100 of an ounce
and a 100-pound adult could be killed by 1/10 of an
ounce of fluoride. The Akron Regional Poison Center
indicates that a 7-ounce tube of toothpaste contains
199 mg. of fluoride, more than enough to kill a
Yiamouyiannis writes that the acceleration of the
aging process by fluoride occurs at the bio-chemical
level by causing enzyme inhibition, collagen
breakdown, genetic damage and disruption of the immune
"Fluoride interacts with the bonds which maintain the
normal shape of proteins," he continues. "With
distorted protein, the immune system attacks it's own
protein, the body's own tissue." The visual and
physical effects from prolonged exposure to fluoride
include nausea, bloody vomit, faintness, stomach
cramps, tremors, constipation, aching bones,
stiffness, skin rash, weight loss and brown or black
discoloration of the teeth.
The horror in this story is that fluoride was known as
a deadly poison from the start. But if this was true,
why would the U. S. government promote the sale of it
to its own people, and later people all over the
world? Would you believe the answer to this question
There is compelling evidence that the program of water
fluoridation began as a massive effort to cover up bad
publicity from one of the most toxic materials to
emerge from the government's secret nuclear weapons
program. The idea was that if fluoride could be
presented to the country as beneficial, then no one
could sue the government for being harmed by it.
An article by Dr. Jackie Alan Giuliano in "Healing Our
World" noted that reporters Joel Griffiths and Chris
Bryson discovered the truth about fluoride while
researching hundreds of declassified documents about
the Manhattan Project, America's secret atomic bomb
They found that fluoride as a key chemical in atomic
bomb production. Millions of tons were used during the
Cold War period to manufacture high-grade uranium and
"Fluoride was the top chemical hazard of the U.S.
nuclear weapons program, not only for workers, but for
those living in nearby communities as well," Giuliano
"The documents show that the first U.S. lawsuits
levied against the atomic weapons program were over
fluoride poisoning, not radiation damage. The
documents reveal that the U.S. government secretly
ordered atomic bomb scientists to create "evidence
useful in litigation" against defense contractors who
were being accused of injuring citizens with
This secret work to head-off government lawsuits lead
to a multi-billion dollar industry that has been
poisoning our water supplies, our toothpaste, and our
bodies ever since. Believe this or not, fluoride
tablets are even available for children.
To escape the harmful effects of fluoride,
Yiamouyiannis suggests that you seek non-fluoride
toothpaste (but you may have to go to health stores to
find it), and drink bottled water. Even using tap
water to cook may expose you to fluoride.
Now that the truth about fluoride is out, why haven't
towns and toothpaste companies stopped dumping this
terrible poison in our water and toothpaste supplies?
Don't expect that to happen. Remember, I said this is
a multi-billion dollar industry. Nobody shuts down a
money machine like that without a fight.
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Important Update: Harvard Links Fluoride To Cancer!BREAKING NEWS
By Jessica Fargen
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Young boys who drink fluoridated tap water are at greater risk for a rare bone cancer, Harvard researchers reported yesterday.
The study, published online yesterday in a Harvard-affiliated journal, could intensify debate over fluoridation and mean more scrutiny for Harvard's Dr. Chester Douglass, accused of fudging the findings to downplay a cancer link.
"It's the best piece of work ever linking fluoride in tap water and bone cancer. It's pretty damning for (Douglass)," said Richard Wiles of the Environmental Working Group, which filed a complaint with the National Institutes of Health against Douglass.
Douglass, an epidemiology professor at Harvard's School of Dental Medicine, is paid as editor of the Colgate Oral Care Report, a newsletter supported by the toothpaste maker.
Harvard and the NIH are investigating whether Douglass misrepresented research findings last year when he said there was no link, despite extensive research to the contrary by one of his doctoral students. The NIH gave Douglass at least $1 million for the research.
That student, Dr. Elise Bassin, wrote in yesterday's Cancer Causes and Control that boys who drink water with levels of fluoride considered safe by federal guidlines are five times more likely to develop osteosarcoma than boys who drink unfluoridated water. About 250 U.S. boys each year are diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer and the sixth most common cancer in children. Bassin notes that more research is needed to "confirm or refute this observation."
Douglass, in a letter to the editor published in the same issue, said Bassin's study was a 'partial view of this ongoing study', and urged readers to be 'especially cautious' when interpreting the findings.
EPA Reverses Itself on Fluoride
By Deirdre Imus
Published February 22, 2011 by FoxNews.com
For decades, fluoride has been marketed and heralded as essential for good dental hygiene and used in most toothpastes and mouthwashes. In addition, parents have been routinely encouraged to give their kids cavity-fighting fluoride treatments when they visit the dentist.
Beginning in the late 1940s, aided by mass industry lead lobbying campaigns, the government encouraged municipal water authorities to add fluoride to their community's drinking water. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 70 percent of the U.S. population ingests fluoride through their community drinking water today and they want this percentage to continue to climb. This is in stark contrast to other developed European nations were fluoride is rarely added to drinking water -- Britain provides only about 10 percent of their population with fluoridated water.
The "experts" and the government told us fluoride would strengthen tooth enamel, help prevent tooth decay and is, of course, perfectly safe.
"Community water fluoridation is an equitable, cost-effective, and cost-saving method of delivering fluoride to most people," noted Dr. William Maas, director of CDC's Division of Oral Health.
But that was then and this is now.
In a surprising reversal, last month EPA's announced that it intends to lower the maximum amount of fluoride in drinking water because of growing evidence supporting the chemical's possible deleterious effects to children's health.
In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences report that found dental fluorosis -- caused by too much fluoride -- capable of putting children at risk of developing other dental problems including the breakdown of tooth enamel, discoloration and pitting.
January's EPA recommendation reversal was made following a revised risk assessment study that found 2 out of 5 adolescents had tooth streaking or spottiness and some pitting as a result of excessive fluoride. In addition, other studies have found excessive ingestion of fluoride capable of increasing the risk of brittle bones leading to fractures and debilitating bone abnormalities.
There have always been fluoride critics who questioned the chemical's safety and challenged the decision to use fluoride in municipal drinking water. According to the Los Angeles Times, back in 2005, "the heads of 11 EPA unions, including those representing the agency's scientists, demanded that EPA reduce the permissible level of added fluoride in water to zero, citing research suggesting it can cause cancer. Other studies have pointed to neurotoxicity and hormone disruption from excessive fluoride".
It has taken the government more than 60 years to recognize -- some would argue admit -- that American children have been overexposed to this toxic, potentially harmful chemical.
In response to the EPA's sudden announcement, Jane Houlihan, senior vice-president of the Washington based non-profit Environmental Working Group, said, "this decision is another signal to the public to take care when it comes to exposures to industrial chemicals. What is considered safe today won't necessarily be thought safe tomorrow."
Our government has a pretty abysmal track record when it comes acknowledging the potential health risks associated with certain chemicals, particularly when its agencies have already determined these products as "safe", encouraged, and in some cases mandated their use. So it is somewhat encouraging to see the EPA acknowledging the need to revise their position on fluoride and should be commended for it.
Nonetheless, here is yet another example of why consumers, especially parents, need to be vigilant, do their own research and understand that sometimes the "experts" and the government can be wrong.
NOTE: A reverse osmosis system is needed to remove fluoride from drinking water.
Deirdre Imus is the Founder and President of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health CenterTM at Hackensack University Medical Center and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. Deirdre is the author of four books, including three national bestsellers. She is a frequent speaker on green living and children's health issues, and is a contributor to FoxNewsHealth.com. For more information go to www.dienviro.com
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